I recently decided to save a little money building my mic locker and bought a Warm Audio WA-87 (Neumann U87 clone), Warm Audio WA-14 (AKG C414 clone) and a Golden Age R1 MKII Ribbon (RCA ribbon clone)… then I also was able to use my Musician’s Friend rewards to purchase a Neumann TLM 103 for $350 (normally $1500!) (Yes, I had that much in rewards points after buying multiple synths and a new Kronos2 73!)
I have tested them all:
The WA-87 is nice, good room sound, well balanced, but a little lack luster, but for the price… keeper, got a great acoustic guitar room recorded with it.
The WA-14, sounds just like every AKG C414 I’ve ever used… identical, can’t tell a difference and for that price (1/3 of AKG!) I’ll take it!
Golden Age - nice, sounds like the few RCA ribbons I’ve used but nowhere near as good as the Royers I’ve used.
The Neumann TLM 103… WOW, worth the money.. hands down the best mic I own and will be my go to for vocals, acoustic guitar and more!! This thing just shines and glistens and is worth every penny (even though I’m glad I didn’t spend $1500!). Sometimes the hype is real. That’s not saying I’m going to go out and spend $5k on a real Neumann U87 or U47, but I’m happy with TLM 103!
Mic locker as of now: (L to R) Shure SM7B, AKG P220, Neumann TLM103, Shaker Harmonica Mic (front), WA-87 (back), EV Raven (front), WA-14 (back), EV Cardinal, Golden Age R1 MKII, Shure SM57, Shure SM58, AKG C170, Two Sennheiser E822s